Disquiet Junto Project 0293: Emerge/Immerse



Disquiet Junto Project 0293: Emerge/Immerse
Make music for Paige Dansinger’s Palmyra 3D/VR images, paying tribute to the late Bassel Khartabil.

Step 1: This is the first of two consecutive projects we’re undertaking, following the news of Bassel Khartabil’s death. (If you’re new to the Junto, Bassel was an open-source coder who did a lot of work in CGI before being imprisoned in Syria. Word of his execution just recently became public.) Paige Dansinger is making VR drawings in Tilt Brush inspired by Bassel’s Palmyra CGI work, drawing from her own interest in making a better world. For this project we’re going to make sound, in Bassel’s honor, to accompany her 3D work. View Paige’s pieces at:

Step 2: Think about the sort of sound that might accompany, contribute to, or otherwise be a component part of a VR experience. Now, record a short piece of music, up to two minutes, that is about something emerging — something being brought to life, or coming out of a cave, or otherwise coming into being.

Five More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: If your hosting platform allows for tags, be sure to include the project tag “disquiet0293” (no spaces) in the name of your track. If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to my locating the tracks and creating a playlist of them.

Step 2: Upload your track. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your track.

Step 3: In this discussion thread at llllllll.co please consider posting your track.

Step 4: Annotate your track with a brief explanation of your approach and process.

Step 5: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Deadline: This project’s deadline is 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, August 14, 2017. This project was posted in early afternoon, California time, on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

Length: Keep your piece to under two minutes.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0293” in the title of the track, and where applicable (on SoundCloud, for example) as a tag.

Upload: When participating in this project, post one finished track with the project tag, and be sure to include a description of your process in planning, composing, and recording it. This description is an essential element of the communicative process inherent in the Disquiet Junto. Photos, video, and lists of equipment are always appreciated.

Download: For this project, please make sure your track is set as downloadable, and that it allows for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution). This is aligned with Paige Dansinger and Bassel Khartabil’s work.

Linking: When posting the track online, please be sure to include this information, along with details of your source audio, including links to it:

More on this 293rd weekly Disquiet Junto project — Make music for Paige Dansinger’s Palmyra 3D/VR images, paying tribute to the late Bassel Khartabil — at:


Thanks to Niki Korth, Jon Phillips, and Barry Threw for encouraging this project, and to Paige Dansinger for the collaboration. View Dansinger’s 3D drawings of Palmyra here:

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Image associated with this project is by Paige Dansinger, more on whom here:



The project is now live.


my track:





analog, many oscillators, feedback patch to 2 track for bassel


Hey All, I was saddened to hear of Bassel’s unjust end. Words fail often but especially in the face of a senseless death. Hope must be found by all his family and friends to carry on. I did not know Bassel but I think he would want that for them.

Peace, Hugh




I took an old version of a track I published earlier this year, un-muted some unused tracks, removed most of its length (it was 5 minutes long) and that’s it:
It goes like this: the primitive guy is inside a cave, at the 50 seconds mark he steps out, he sings cause it’s sunny, but … there are percussion players.
Bottom line is: he was better inside the damn cave.
And 2 minute long is too short for this assignment!

I played two charangos, two flutes (bamboo from bali and plastic flutophone from the USA), I sang four part harmonies, I played some percussion: bombo and kuntrun (from Argentina), plastic tubes, derbouka (from Turkey) and a hi pitched filtered percussion loop (that served me as metronome).
The convolution reverb used is from “Buffalo Cave”, wherever it is.

Image by Laura Agusti

To Bassel Khartabil.


So here’s my submission - I’m afraid I went over the two minute mark (didn’t read that bit until afterwards - sorry!) created using 3 vsts processed by the modular - hopefully giving a sense of not only emergence (from a cave or something similar) but also the pulsing feeling of Paige’s work.

On a side note: I was also very saddened to hear of Bassel’s death and wanted to do something to pay tribute to him and maybe help his family and causes that were important to him - I suggested to Marc the possibility of a Bandcamp compliation in his memory using tracks from these next two projects or previous ones connected with his imprisonment, with all proceeds going to either his family or if they don’t want that then a charity or cause that was important to Bassel. I will obviously be doing this with the support of Marc’s friends who were involved with the “Free Bassel” work - but before I got in touch with them and suggest this I wanted to ask if there were any Junto participants who would be willing to submit their tracks for it… If so please let me know via this forum or email: rupertlally@yahoo.com


The pictures you can turnaround in 3d, to turnaround as something going in a different/better direction, “Turnaround”,a piece music from Ornette Coleman.
all that was I thought doing this.

Hope the world will be peaceful.


The playlist is now rolling:



Dunno, I think what emerges is the chord progression I’ve immersed myself in playing over recent days.



A synth drone was played and a long filter attack and cut-off filters were applied to give it dynamics. A soft mellotron was layered over this and then subtly detuned. These elements were pitch-bent upwards for the climax. A storm (recorded in 2015) was placed alongside these synths for atmospheric presence. A breaking egg shell was used for the end of the song, followed by a sharp intake of breath.


I wanted to start with something really simple - I’ve always had in my head a line from the film Amadeus when Salieri (F. Murray Abraham)describes the beauty of one of Mozart’s composition of having a single note from an oboe just hanging in the air.

It’s where I started, but I got completely consumed by the melody and the oboe is now left hanging in the air - perhaps to appear next week.


I can’t help, but the whole Bassel Khartabil case really got to me. I’ve been thinking a lot about him over the last months. Like everyone participating in the Disquiet Junto, I hoped for a happy ending. I was shocked, sad and angry when I heard the news of his murder.

Hence the track is not open and friendly - which would fit way better into the clean, polished, digital experiences of virtual reality. It sounds more gloomy (at least to my ears).

The base is a live recording of the Phonogene and Bastl Grandpa with some snippets of radio. Added a reverse piano, some EQ.


Count me in on that Bandcamp idea, please.


^ I’m really excited to see this happen.


My submission to DJP oh two nine three:


Will do Anatol, thank you!